Estelle De Marco

ICT legal and ethical issues specialist

I help avoiding impacts of technologies and innovations on fundamental rights including privacy and personal data, as a strategical element for development and success

– Status: Senior researcher, founder and managing director at Inthemis, private research and training centre located in Montpellier (France).

– Member since:  February 2019

– Languages: French (native), English (full professional proficiency), Italian and German (basic communication skills)

– Geographic coverage: International. Based in Montpellier, France.

– My clients are: companies of all sizes and of all sectors operating in France and in Europe, attorneys at law, associations, NGO and public institutions (European Commission, Council of Europe).

– What I do: I provide assistance for achieving compliance of activities and projects with personal data and other fundamental rights protection requirements, through various means depending on specific needs (including research and training, transfer of knowledge, situational analyses, analyses of compliance with applicable rules including GDPR and privacy protection requirements, analyses of risks to rights and freedoms based on international risk management standards and privacy/data protection impact assessments). I also conduct research and deliver training with regard to, more globally, legal and ethical aspects of the digital environment, including cybercrime and cybersecurity.

– How it helps: The preservation of fundamental rights – particularly of personal data – within the framework of the development, use and regulation of computer systems, networks and technologies, is both a societal concern and a strategical element for development and success, as is the understanding of legal rules applicable to the specific context of action. Drawing on almost 20 years of experience of fundamental and applied research in this field, I have a very detailed knowledge of digital related legal aspects and of fundamental rights protection requirements, which I am additionally able to transfer using a pedagogical approach I have personally designed. From 2002 I have also been involved in a wide range of projects gathering stakeholders of all sizes and of diverse backgrounds, including three EU co-funded projects in which I led several legal tasks, which enabled me to have a wide-ranging overview of the issues at stake, in addition to a strong understanding of technical developments and a significant experience in collaborative work and research direction.

– My background: Specialised since 1999 in digital-related legal and ethical aspects, I hold a Ph.D. in private law and criminal sciences and a Master II degree in ICT law. Since 2009, beside my direction of Inthemis’ activities, I act as an expert on cybercrime, electronic evidence and fundamental rights protection (including training strategies for judges and prosecutors) for the Council of Europe and I am lecturer at three Universities (University of Technology of Troyes, University of Montpellier and Polytech Nice Sophia) where I teach fundamental rights and personal data protection, legal aspects of cybersecurity and cybercrime and liability of Internet stakeholders. From 2002 to 2008, I was legal counsel at the French Internet Service Providers Association (AFA) and Point de Contact – its hotline against online illegal content, which is a member of the international network INHOPE in whose activities I was also participating. Inter alia, I have also contributed to the creation of Signal Spam (a national platform against spam and phishing), of which I was member of the Board from 2005 to 2008. Beforehand, I was justice assistant at the County court of Montpellier.